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Florida Lab Gets Pregnant

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the also-no-one-has-heard-from-them-in-days dept.

Biotech 149

Synthetic Biology, a relatively new field, is seeking to find out what happened to a bunch of chemicals to make them capable of supporting a metabolism, replicating, and evolution. A Florida lab is showing some of the most promising advancements in this direction with their AEGIS (Artificially Expanded Genetic Information System) experiment. "AEGIS is not self-sustaining, at least not yet, and with 12 DNA building blocks -- as opposed to the usual four -- there's little chance it will be confused with natural life. Still, Benner is encouraged by the results. 'It's evolving. It's doing what we designed it to do,' said Benner, a biochemist with the Gainesville, Fla.-based Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution. In addition to providing an example of how alien life might be cobbled together, synthetic biology has a broad array of uses on the home front."

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God Hates Fags! (-1, Troll)

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Re:God Hates Fags! (1)

budgenator (254554) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018961)

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eh (2, Funny)

DaGoatSpanka (839005) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017607)

Honey, we're pregnant.

Re:eh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018701)

In Florida it happens a lot.
Been there, done that.
And usually it is some sort of Alien Life form anyways, as your Cuban, Dominican, Rican, Colombian, Venezuelan or Brazilian girlfriend will come to you and say:"Papi, I got good news and bad news. Good news: I am pregnant. Bad news: You are the daddy."

AEGIS has been in commercial use for years (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27017613)

KFC rolled theirs out years ago.

Re:AEGIS has been in commercial use for years (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27017991)

let's hope they don't make an AEGIS that's black. the 4 DNA building blocks have given us enough rap "music" and slang and welfare mamas and affirmative action.

Re:AEGIS has been in commercial use for years (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019849)

No they will just give it a pill that forces it to produce extra pigment under the skin. Give me your home address and I will come round and force feed it to your mom.

grey goo (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017625)

Grey goo [wikipedia.org] , here we come.

Re:grey goo (2, Informative)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018171)

Green goo actually, or maybe grayish-green goo would be more appropriate.

On a more realistic note, those 12 artificial nucleotides they seem to have put in there probably aren't found in the environment make it unlikely anything to come out of it will get very far.

I do of course realize that "probably" is an issue for some people who seem convinced that any possibility, no matter how small, when it comes to biological nightmare scenarios is an absolute certainty (specifically biology ones, they're more rational when it comes to the chances of the hadron collider destroying the earth). Suprised no one has tagged "iamlegend" or "whatcouldpossiblygowrong" yet.

Re:grey goo (1)

madcat2c (1292296) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018255)

Grey Goo Solution. [wikipedia.org]

Re:grey goo (1)

angelwolf71885 (1181671) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018489)

and what happens when they say resistance if futile... you will be assimilated... what then huh?

Re:grey goo (1)

marcosdumay (620877) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019785)

You know that it only affects conductors that are, at least, a few meters wide, don't you?

If an EMP has some impact on grey goo it will be making their lives easier once it destroy our machines.

Re:grey goo (2, Insightful)

whong09 (1307849) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018955)

You realize that microbes already in nature have been evolving the moment they've showed up?
Any sort of creation we make in the lab right now will ultimately be weaker than any successful microbe.

Green goos already exist, they cause common colds.

Re:grey goo (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019605)

I think viruses are generally crystalline.

Grey goo and hubris (3, Insightful)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019029)

Why do ludites (not accusing you) think artifical nanotech would NOT be eaten by the natural nanotech [youtube.com] found around and within us? The people who think scientists can build such a machine are the ones who are guilty of hubris, not the scientists.

Re:Grey goo and hubris (2, Insightful)

marcosdumay (620877) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019827)

Because artificial machines may be able to deal with a much wider set of chemical reactions than we can. Also because they are inteligently designed and, thus, can be way better optimized than we are.

I'm not very concerned about it destroying the humanity, but I can see how grey goo may disrupt other species.

Re:Grey goo and hubris (1)

ZosX (517789) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019879)

What makes you think a T-Cell can eat a nanomachine? Can you eat a laptop? Chew it? Swallow it? Didn't think so.....

Re:grey goo (1)

meerling (1487879) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019471)

grey goo is for nano-machines, not synthetic life forms. A better terror reference would be the Andromeda Strain.

Re:grey goo (1)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019631)

By the standard definition, grey goo would be a synthetic life form.

many uses (2, Funny)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017637)

In addition to providing an example of how alien life might be cobbled together, synthetic biology has a broad array of uses on the home front

Oh yes! Like holding the world hostage!! Now where can I get some mind-controlling synthetic life forms? (don't forget the insulin dependence [xkcd.org] ).

Re:many uses (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019153)

"Now where can I get some mind-controlling synthetic life forms?"

Synthesize this [youtube.com]

Re:many uses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019191)

When I finally meet my maker, "God?", I will ask, "Why are you such a deranged motherfucker?"

Re:many uses (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019489)

Nice. On the one hand, it makes you wonder what happens if that thing evolves to attack humans. On the other hand, I don't really like ants.

I won't believe its alive until ... (5, Funny)

Tired and Emotional (750842) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017649)

it engulfs its first white lab coated scientist.

Re:I won't believe its alive until ... (4, Funny)

MadnessASAP (1052274) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018401)

Do you mean a white scientist with a lab coat, a scientist in a white lab coat, or a white scientist coated in a lab?

Re:I won't believe its alive until ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018673)

None of the above. He meant a scientist coated in white lab.

Re:I won't believe its alive until ... (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019751)

obviously, a scientist that an albino retriever leg humped

Re:I won't believe its alive until ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019905)

If Disney's taught me anything, it's that nobody will care if the coat is made out of Labradors, but make sure they're not dalmatians.

Obama: troops to stay in Iraq until almost 2012 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27017659)

So much for YES WE CAN!

Told you so.

Where are the tax cuts Obama promised for 95% of us?

Re:Obama: troops to stay in Iraq until almost 2012 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018023)

Didn't he say he would get the troops out in/by 2010? Not that I wouldn't try to decrease our numbers there, but you shouldn't promise something you can't deliver.

Re:Obama: troops to stay in Iraq until almost 2012 (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018199)

Where are the tax cuts Obama promised for 95% of us?

AEGIS ate the economy, so there's no money left.

Nerds + genetic-engineering = ...boobs (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27017693)

Who wants to bet me $20 they just use this technology to invent the first self-replicating pet-boob?

Re:Nerds + genetic-engineering = ...boobs (0, Offtopic)

VeNoM0619 (1058216) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017727)

Why make it a pet, with all its NEEDS? I don't want to have to feed it, walk it, and clean up after it... although I might be okay with the stuff it squirts out....

That's (1, Funny)

linumax (910946) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017765)

the kind of pet I'll happily adopt and care for with "love".

Re:That's (1)

Citizen of Earth (569446) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018001)

the kind of pet I'll happily adopt and care for with "love".

You'll need to adopt two of them for that.

Re:Nerds + genetic-engineering = ...boobs (2, Funny)

Jeng (926980) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018015)

Pffft. There are already synthetic boobies.

Aim lower.

Re:Nerds + genetic-engineering = ...boobs (4, Funny)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018407)

Pffft. There are already synthetic boobies.

Aim lower.

Synthetic boobies for really old ladies?

Re:Nerds + genetic-engineering = ...boobs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018687)

Why bother with genetic engineering when you can grow your own [wikipedia.org] ?

Um, guys.... (3, Insightful)

Itninja (937614) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017697)

'It's evolving. It's doing what we designed it to do,'

Isn't that statement eating itself?

Re:Um, guys.... (4, Funny)

Intron (870560) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017731)

It's the first intelligently designed evolving system.

Re:Um, guys.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27017773)

Maybe. If you define "system" so narrowly as to exclude all the genetic programming work that's been done.

Re:Um, guys.... (1)

jd (1658) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017755)

What they MEAN to say is: we never came up with a design, we don't know what it's doing (besides fiendishly difficult quadratic equations) and we want to pass this off as deliberate so we get our next grant cheque.
 

Re:Um, guys.... (1)

$0.02 (618911) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018073)

No. These are two statements eating each other.

Re:Um, guys.... (2, Interesting)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018231)

Subject confusion I think. They designed the system to produce evolving artificial bugs, which are the ones doing the evolving. Also they set the system up to evolve (design), but they arent' directing the evolution?

Re:Um, guys.... (4, Interesting)

marcello_dl (667940) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018579)

'It's evolving. It's doing what we designed it to do,'

Isn't that statement eating itself?

No, it is proof that the ID vs. evolution argument is bogus.
Something can both evolve AND be the product of the will of somebody. Also, for a hypothetical eternal god POV, not bound by time, there is no "let's setup something and see how it evolves". It is more like "Let's do it, done.", even if it involves uncertainty, free will, evolution: all of those concepts are bound to time, a god is not.

A more classic proof of the argument being bogus is the fact that evolution is not a dogma and ID is not an acceptable scientific theory (unless you have scientific proof of a god to back it up, which slashdot has not reported AFAIK :) )

A cynic proof of the argument being bogus is: it doesn't solve anything, it needlessly divides people, it is perfect for the media to fill up pages instead of giving people useful information.
No ruling class ever liked their sheep to get too smart.

Of course, having proved ID independent from evolution and doesn't mean either is true.

Re:Um, guys.... (1)

Sibko (1036168) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019065)

Not if what they designed it to do was evolve...

In Soviet Russia... (1)

namoom (926916) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017719)

ah forget it

Not my fault (0, Redundant)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017801)

Don't blaim me! I thought she was on the pill!

Re:Not my fault (3, Insightful)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018129)

If she's between 25 and 30, she lied to you. Beware if the biological clock my friend, beware!

Re:Not my fault (1)

Loualbano2 (98133) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019225)

Seconded.

Re:Not my fault (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019343)

Mod parent up, and enjoy this best of craigslist post about paternity -- "Vasectomy: $400. Speechless look on her face: priceless." [craigslist.org]

Re:Not my fault (1)

caitsith01 (606117) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019685)

Ah, slashdot. Where astounding technical brilliance meets an understanding of gender relations based on "Two and a Half Men".

Re:Not my fault (1)

mpitten (932716) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019553)

Don't blaim me! I thought she was on the pill!

Yeah, here I was reading the title and anticipating a flood of "HOW LABBY IS FORMED" comments.

Excuse me, (1)

faltriwall (1368427) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017813)

are there any details available? Please?

Sounds like Intelligent Design (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27017819)

For the sake of argument, if scientists start "guiding" synthetic life through "evolution" in the lab, isn't that ID?

If so, does it boost the ID argument for *our* creation?

Hmmm......

Re:Sounds like Intelligent Design (2, Insightful)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017981)

Only if you're trying to make the argument that humans guided the evolution of humans. It's about as logical an argument as I've ever heard from the ID crowd, but it's still pretty stupid.

Re:Sounds like Intelligent Design (2, Interesting)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018353)

Or aliens, we could have been some alien high school science fair project that went wrong, so they shot the "Grey goo" to Earth and it evolved into the lifeforms we now have.

Would it be interesting to find out that we created ourselves via AEGIS and shot it back in time via a time travel paradox?

Re:Sounds like Intelligent Design (-1, Troll)

glitch23 (557124) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018445)

Only if you're trying to make the argument that humans guided the evolution of humans. It's about as logical an argument as I've ever heard from the ID crowd, but it's still pretty stupid.

If you weren't so quick to criticize people who oppose your views you would have put a little more thought into your answer. This experiment is the same thing as intelligent design. An entity of a higher power (not of the same power as the creation) creates an organism of some capacity then lets evolution take over. AEGIS never said it had to be human, just a living organism, or in this case they start out with some chemicals.

First, I don't believe in intelligent design per se because that is just candy-coating it for the elitists who talk down to people who have dissenting opinions. I prefer creationism over evolution not the least of which because there are so many assumptions made with evolution. To add to the list of absurdities in support of evolution we have from Thursday on MSNBC.com an article about a new footprint [msn.com] discovered which is supposed to be human. A photograph is on the webpage and when I looked at it I was reminded of what Harrison Ford says to the "leader" of the Temple of Doom near the end of the movie: "You've got one vivid imagination".

Second, is it even correct to ask how the chemicals enabled evolution? Why not go so far out on a limb that it breaks under our (mankind) massive ego and assume that evolution had to create the chemicals first?

Third, I hate when people say something is working as designed but describe the process as evolving. Evolution from a biological perspective does not include any design whatsoever so a scientist designing chemicals to self-replicate is not evolution; it does not evolve. As soon as a higher power (man, God) is involved evolution no longer is applicable. Applying the term "evolving" to an IT system does not instill confidence in me because the connotation is no design was involved in the creation of the IT system.

By the way, good job of not coming off as elitist.

Re:Sounds like Intelligent Design (2, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018865)

Evolution is simply put " change in the frequency of the genetic makeup of a population over time". How is this not evolution?

Methinks you've spent so much time trying to justify your Creationist tendencies by calling scientists "elitists" that you actually have no idea what they're talking about.

Re:Sounds like Intelligent Design (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019495)

In it's broadests sense "to evolve" means to continually change over time but the popularity of that meme is a tribute to the power of Darwin's idea not an explaination of it. I agree that this could be seen as analogous to "creationism", just as deliberately breeding cows for more milk could be seen analogous as "intelligent design", but analogies are made to assist in understanding they are not meant to be taken literally.

"Why not go so far out on a limb that it breaks under our (mankind) massive ego and assume that evolution had to create the chemicals first?"

As Sagan put it, "we are made of star stuff". I have no problem with the analogy that all elements naturally evolved from hydrogen and that the universe is itself is evolving, I also have no trouble in recognising that they are analogies that in no way describe what the theory of evolution actually states. To continue arguing otherwise after being repeatedly corrected is to let one's massive ego get in the way of facts.

Re:Sounds like Intelligent Design (2, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018319)

No more than breeding cows or strains of wheat is an argument for ID.

Re:Sounds like Intelligent Design (0, Troll)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018463)

Wow, so a few days ago it was the Microsoft shills with mod points, now it's the Creationists. Good grief, how do such intellectual midgets manage to get mod points?

Re:Sounds like Intelligent Design (1)

imhennessy (1425987) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019863)

You didn't read that part of the /. policies either?

ivan

Re:Sounds like Intelligent Design (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018535)

Well, they don't mention Jebus so that's strike one. They aren't trying to overturn the materialism that is destroying science: note the entire absence of prayer or laying of hands on test tubes as a critical component of the experimental plan. Strike two. Lastly, they're actually doing research. Strike three! You're outta there!

World domination (1)

heroine (1220) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017895)

So when it starts reproducing itself, how long will it take to stop it?

Re:World domination (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018009)

Might be easier to move to a new planet.

Re:World domination (1)

pavon (30274) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018103)

No kidding. I'm quite thankful that Aegis [wikipedia.org] is not yet self-replicating.

Re:World domination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018167)

They could overthrow the self aware robot overlords. All hail the new synthetic DNA overlords!

Re:World domination (5, Interesting)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018321)

Anything to come out of those vats would probably need most of the 12 artifical nucleotides, which aren't found in any apreciable quantity outside of the vat. If any gets out it would quickly starve. Not to mention that depending on the conditions that they are evolving under, there might be more immediate problems for anything escaping. Early life evolved under anerobic conditions, oxygen is pretty toxic to cells. They're probably generating these things under anerobic conditions to mimic what were thought to be early conditions of the earth and to maybe encourage things to start growing. I would expect that any bugs growing in this system would be poisoned by oxygen once outside pretty rapidly, much as bacteria from early earth would. Also temperatures are probably much higher in the vats.

Since the vats are -probably- extremely rich in all 12 artificial nucleotides, devoid of oxygen, and very warm in all places, there wouldn't be any advantage or reason for the bugs to evolve ways of overcoming those conditions. There'd be no reason for them to develop ways of making their own artificial nucleotides since they're provided. In fact that would probably be a detriment, since any way of converting one of the natural 4 would be costly to the cell in terms of energetics and would have no gain, they'd quickly be out-proliferated by their bretheren who don't waste energy on things like that. In other words, once stepping out of the vat, they'd be presented with an extremely harsh environment they're totally unprepared for.

I am of course making some assumptions there. I guess we can't rule it out entirely, but there are millions of unlikely apocalypses you can't completely rule out.

Re:World domination (5, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018399)

I think those are not unreasonable assumptions, providing they're maintained in that environment. The more interesting (and much more nasty) experiment would be to let the critters breed for many generations, letting the fittest gain control of their little ecosystem, then slowly introduce elements of the external environment in, making the habitat *less* supportive. Eventually, and I'm sure this would take a long time (several generations of scientists, say), you would produce an organism potentially capable of surviving outside the vat.

At that point, of course, it would still have to put up with 4 billion years worth of evolution on the outside, with organisms of considerably more complexity in finding and utilizing food sources. A good example are nylon-eating bacteria [wikipedia.org] . In the space of no more than forty years, a population of bacteria learned how to eat a food that hadn't even existed prior to 1935.

Any organism we make in a vat would, I suspect, not last terribly long on the outside.

Re:World domination (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018705)

You could probably do that in the lab in less then a decade.

Re:World domination (3, Funny)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018793)

Any organism we make in a vat would, I suspect, not last terribly long on the outside.

Particularly in the Deep South, where barbeque is almost a religion on its own.

People for Eating Tasty Animals, anyone?

Re:World domination (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018821)

Interesting, your post echoed mine but you got modded up faster than me...

I agree. I do not think that these bacteria would last long outside the AGEIS system. ;-P

In seriousness, I think the 8 artificial nucleotide dependance is a pretty high hurdle. Evolving to the point of being able to make all 12 nucleotides from the natural 4 or other natural building blocks is possible, but I'm doubtful that it would ever be competitive with bacteria that don't bother doing that. Lowering the amount of artificial nucleotide in the vat gradually until the artificial bugs had completely replaced that nucleotide in their genomes with the others could work, but I would think it would take a VERY long time with just one, going from 12 to 4... we certainly couldn't possibly get away with triming our nucleotide use down from 4 to 2. I'd expect an absolute dependance on all 12 since that's how they were raised.

On the other hand some of the artificial nucleotides probably are easily replaced with natural ones. BrdU is a commonly used artificial nucleotide that can be used by cells in place of thymidine, pairing with adenosine. If they used BrdU that could probably be replaced by natural thymidine, and depending on how the artificial bugs evolved that might not make any difference. On the previous hand, if they're using artificial nucleotides that only pair with other artificial nucleotide, that would probably not be as easily replaceable.

Re:World domination (1)

scjohnno (1370701) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019793)

Life finds a way.

Re:World domination (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019865)

Well, that's so short and pithy that it MUST be true. Tell that to the dinosaurs (keeping in mind that Jurrasic park hasn't actually happened yet.)

Re:World domination (1)

scjohnno (1370701) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019875)

Alternatively it was just a reference.

Re:World domination (2, Insightful)

imhennessy (1425987) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019891)

To quote Dr. Ian Malcom: "Life. Finds. A. Way."

It was almost like Jeff Goldblum was channeling Shatner, but acting him as more human than he was when not acting.

ivan

OT: online news (2, Interesting)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017923)

TFA has this caption:

Researchers in a Florida laboratory are working with the most asic building blocks of life to try and understand how biology first arose on Earth â" and how it might appear on other planets.

Seriously, I know these pages are assembled by software from other sources but don't they have spell checking built into them? Lots of otherwise good news sources I read have stupid typos in their online versions. Right now firefox is underlining "asic" for me, pointing out the mistake. It seems like every second article has something like this. It just seems so easy to fix. I wonder why that isn't done.

Re:OT: online news (4, Funny)

QuasiEvil (74356) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018005)

Clearly if I made artificial life, I'd put it on an ASIC. Otherwise you'd just have too many discrete components and general purpose things to get it in a tiny package.

Then again I'm an EE, and I equate everything biological to the word "slimy" in my mind. Mechanical life for the win...

Re:OT: online news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018957)

Ever fucked a toaster?

Re:OT: online news (2, Interesting)

Tacvek (948259) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019087)

Artificial life on an ASIC? How quaint a notion. Artificial life would work better in an FPGA so as to be able to reconfigure large portions of itself. (Although I will of course grant that a custom FPGA may be used, perhaps with some special hard coded logic, which may make it an ASIC if the result is not sufficently general purpose.)

Re:OT: online news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019617)

What's wrong with slimy? Polysaccharides and glycoconjugates are our friends. They provide a safe and nutritious living space for our first line of defense (they harbor white blood cells in our crevices). They lubricate food ingestion and digestion, snail travel, and uh... other stuff.

And okra's cool, I like okra.

Re:OT: online news (1)

hierophanta (1345511) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018109)

the answer to :" I wonder why that isn't done" is always because you haven't done it. please don't victimize yourself anymore - life will be much more fulfilling. (sorry that's not supposed to sound patronizing, but, alas, it does)

A first (0, Flamebait)

SHP (8391) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017941)

An intelligently designed biological system capable of evolution.

Gee, that's never been done before.

Re:A first (1)

nsaneinside (831846) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018021)

intelligently designed

Well, I guess we know which camp you're in.

Re:A first (3, Funny)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018329)

Nope! That's why it's news.

Re:A first (1)

Timothy Brownawell (627747) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019777)

An intelligently designed biological system capable of evolution.

Gee, that's never been done before.

But there do seem to be evolved biological systems capable of intelligent design.

That sounds pretty similar, it's gotta count for something.

ASICs? (0, Redundant)

Mr. Firewall (578517) | more than 5 years ago | (#27017953)

FTA: "Researchers in a Florida laboratory are working with the most asic building blocks of life...."

I didn't realize that life could be built from blocks of Application Specific Integrated Circuits. Hmmmm.

Re:ASICs? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018017)

I didn't realize that life could be built from blocks of Application Specific Integrated Circuits. Hmmmm.

Actually that is how I always expected New Life to come about.

naming... (1)

binaryseraph (955557) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018035)

And we Dub this "T-Virus"....

Re:naming... (2)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018337)

A virus that infects single cells which have 8 nucleotides I don't is a virus I laugh at.

How can !self sustaining=evolving? (1)

faltriwall (1368427) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018247)

Sounds like weird science x

where x=fiction

Alive! (1)

samirbenabid (1223166) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018327)

It's ALIVE!

I wonder if a science lab (1)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018373)

can sue a scientist for child support and alimony for getting her pregnant?

Am I the one only who thought about dogs... (1)

epsalon (518482) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018377)

I mean breeding Labradors is not really big news. Even in Florida.

Re:Am I the one only who thought about dogs... (1)

thedrx (1139811) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018855)

Reminds me of a zoophiliac joke (sorry :P): "Honey, I'll be in my lab."

welcome (1)

MrPinstripeCom (848671) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018789)

I for one welcome our new genetically-crafted superior being overlords. Almost... not.. quite.

Interesting statement about evolution. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019383)

> 'It's evolving. It's doing what we designed it to do...'

It's almost like a scientist is saying that evolution can take place as the result of an intelligent design process.

I'm sure I'll get flamed for saying that.

Things like, "Certainly not this evolution, and certainly no intelligence could be great enough to have foreseen it." After all, we're number one. The smartest. No possibility of anything greater.

After all, extrapolation is only for climate data, and then, only on hot days.

nig64 (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019451)

with any sort file was opened These early wit4 the work, or

Florida Lab Gets Pregnant (1)

blue l0g1c (1007517) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019739)

Georgia enters child support negotiations.
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